What would prove to you that the Smart Grid is advancing?

June 18, 2009 at 8:44 pm 1 comment

The folks at eMeter are involved in quite a few projects with utilities seeking American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) 2009 funding for Smart Grid. We believe good IT solutions can make the reporting process easily transparent, and less onerous for both utilities and for the watchdogs who will be checking Recovery.org for signs of progress.

We’d like to see your thoughts. What performance metrics and milestones would prove to YOU that Smart Grid implementations are progressing, and that our tax dollars are truly advancing the Smart Grid? Post comments with the link below, and we will publish them (after the usual spam-screening process).

– Chris King

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Entry filed under: Energy regulation, Smart Grid, smart grid benefits, Stimulus Package.

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  • 1. Lomasheu ("Not Too Significant")  |  June 19, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Before discussing ‘metrics’, I would first like to perhaps sharpen my understanding with ARRA requirements.

    Lets say we are car manufactures. Average cars MPG is 25, but just recently I was able to design a car that uses the same technology, the same manufacturing techniques, same tools, manpower, gas etc – (not even one parameter is different) BUT, this car achieves 250 MPG. What metrics would the ARRA request of me?
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    … so if smart grid provides bi-directional metering, using less energy, sell surplus energy back, offer clients an up-to-date status of their consumption, adjust the load, offering smarter pricing capabilities etc – then what really does the smart grid industry need to prove TO ARRA?
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    But back to your very good question about “performance metrics and milestones”, I do understand the need for those and how it will help the industry to get its fair share of the ARRA. Based on “recovery.gov” we’ll be moving from spending 1% of ARRA funding to “energy and environment” at 2009 to more than 15% by 2012.

    Metrics:

    Short term:
    – Solution stability (no service interference)
    – Change in workforce (quantity, quality)
    – Actual and measurable reduction in energy production
    – Measure how much more ‘green’ it is to facilitates new data mart/data farms – a more energy efficient solution than that of the traditional energy today
    – Measure the new meters. If they provide more accuracy and are more reliable, show how much ‘lost revenue’ the industry get back. If we assume 5% leakage – it will now be reported (right?) if we assume 2% theft – it will not be recovered.
    – Offer RFID tagged meters. Better security, less theft.
    – standards reporting: before and after per installation/region. (say “DUH!”)

    Long term, also:
    – Environmental impact (I do not know how to measure it)
    – Customers satisfaction and their income/energy spending ratio
    – Service usability by end users (Self service access, complaints, law suites, public opinion research)
    – Integration of services (one invoice by multiple companies? it’s green, and cut operational costs.

    hmm. I don’t think I said anything new! :->

    (What metrics would I have used to show that email/internet/phone is a better medium to contact my bank? rather then driving to their location, or open the door to a Chase personal knocking on my door with my statement?
    Wit, someone IS knocking, but it’s not the pizza delivery guy since I’ve just connected my house to a more efficient grid (Trader Joes’ pizza dough and my own tomato sauce, cheese, jalapeño and mushrooms.)

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